World Cup

After the Whistle podcast with Ted Lasso’s Coach Beard is back


Tune in July 19 for a preview of the 2023 Women's World Cup and follow each episode covering the tournament's matches.
Tune in July 19 for a preview of the 2023 Women's World Cup and follow each episode covering the tournament's matches.
Photo: Apple News

Apple News said Monday its popular soccer podcast After the Whistle with Brendan Hunt and Rebecca Lowe will return for a second season July 19.

While the first season saw Hunt — Coach Beard on the smash hit Apple TV+ soccer comedy Ted Lasso — and veteran sports broadcaster Lowe applying their super fandom to the Men’s World Cup tournament, the second season focuses on the 2023 Women’s World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

New Apple TV+ documentary trailer shows ominous ‘War for Football’


Will a war over big-time soccer tear the sport apart?
Will a war over big-time soccer tear the sport apart?
Photo: Apple TV+

A new documentary series is coming to Apple TV+ January 13 — Super League: The War for Football. Its trailer, dropped Wednesday, makes it look like a spy thriller filled with betrayals is currently unfolding in the world of international soccer.

And it’s good timing on the streaming service’s part, promoting it during the world’s most-popular sport’s biggest event, the World Cup.

‘Ted Lasso’ sends funny, encouraging messages to players headed for World Cup


Ted Lasso tends to dominate during awards season.
Ted Lasso is solidly behind the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team as it heads for the FIFA World Cup.
Photo: Apple TV+

Ted Lasso has some words of encouragement for the members of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team headed for the FIFA World Cup next week. Billboards with personal messages from the lead character of the hugely popular Apple TV+ show popped up in the hometowns of players and the head coach over the weekend.

The notes are very Ted Lasso.

Ted Lasso’s Coach Beard covers the World Cup in new Apple podcast


The new After the Whistle podcast covering the World Cup kicks off November 17.
The new After the Whistle podcast covering the World Cup kicks off November 17.
Photo: Apple News

An amusing audio teaser from Apple News on Monday introduced the limited podcast After the Whistle, in which Coach Beard from the Apple TV+ hit Ted Lasso — aka actor Brendan Hunt — and veteran English sportscaster Rebecca Lowe will explain everything about the world’s biggest sporting event, the World Cup, as it happens.

As you may know, the World Cup is a massive football tournament (to use the world’s sensible term for soccer). It kicks off Sunday in Qatar and will be broadcast globally. Apple News boots up the podcast on Thursday in anticipation of it.

Fortnite cheater qualifies for $30 million tournament


Fortnite fans really aren’t happy.
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A Fortnite player recently banned for cheating has qualified for the game’s biggest tournament.

Damion “Xxif” Cook was slapped with a 14-day suspension in early May after Epic Games found him guilty of using friends to get easy eliminations in competitive matches.

The lenient punishment allowed Xxif and teammate Ronaldo to come back and secure World Cup qualification — and a minimum of $50,000 in prize money.

Score big with these World Cup-inspired Apple Watch bands


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Repping your World Cup team just got easier, as Casetify's inclusive collection features bold designs adapted from the countries' flags.
Photo: Casetify

Who will it be? Croatia or France? Wear the World Cup on your wrist with Casetify’s colorful, tournament-inspired Apple Watch bands.

This international collection of bands represents 18 countries, the teams of which are currently battling it out at the 21st FIFA World Cup, held every four years.

Up your Apple Watch style game, and support your World Cup favorite year-round!

Millions of Americans watching World Cup on their iPhone or iPad


World Cup iPhone watching is a thing.
Extremely heavy downloads of apps like Fox Sports Go show that World Cup iPhone watching is a thing.
Photo: Fox

Living in America, it’s sometimes easy to forget the FIFA World Cup is going on now in Russia. Soccer isn’t one of the Big Four U.S. sports. Heck, most Americans don’t even call it by the right name.

But the fact that new downloads of the Fox Sports Go app grew 950 percent during the first week of the World Cup shows there are vast numbers of people living in this country watching the matches on their phones or tablets.

Clips goes soccer mad with new World Cup update


We'd call it "football" but we don't want to start a war in the comments section.
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Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on June 14, Apple has updated its Clips video app with a soccer-themed refresh.

The free apps allows users to combine video clips, photos and music into short videos that they can share with friends and family. To add some flair to these videos, it’s possible to utilize filters, emoji, stickers, captions and more. The new Clips update includes new soccer graphics.

Goooooold! Beats rewards World Cup winners with 24-karat headphones


Naomi Campbell rocks a pair of 24-carat Beats Pro headphones.
Naomi Campbell rocks a pair of 24-karat gold Beats Pros headphones.

The German champions may only get one World Cup trophy, but thanks to Beats Electronics, the team members will each get a complimentary pair of 24-karat gold Beats Pro headphones.

Having previously become the hit advertiser of the World Cup with its “Game Before the Game” ad (despite being banned from press events), Beats’ follow-up is a great marketing stunt. It also adds supermodel Naomi Campbell, who was photographed with the gold-dipped headphones and a similarly shiny soccer ball, to the list of high-end celebrities associated with Beats.

Best apps for World Cup fans



With the World Cup in full swing, our latest video takes a look at apps that will help you get the most out of 2014’s biggest sporting event. Score these top apps and you’ll get everything from games to news.

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Go for goal with these World Cup essentials


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The supermarkets are already full of Brazil-related plastic junk, and even folks who only watch football once every four years are getting excited. Why? It’s World Cup time, of course!

Here we have a selection of apps and gadgets, clothes and toys to help you follow along and enjoy the show. The only thing we haven’t included is streaming app, because broadcast rights vary from country to country. Our workaround is to watch on TV or listen on the radio. Or do it like the Brazilians and head to your local bar.

Clever app turns greasy fast food trays into World Cup soccer shootout



The FIFA World Cup 2014 is set to get underway in Brazil in less than a month which will bring four years worth of soccer football promotions packed into a month of kicking, grass stains and sweat to your TV.

Giraffas, a one of the largest restaurant chains in Brazil, may have already scored the coolest cross promotion with their clever iOS app that turns your greasy tray of fastfood into a tiny soccer shootout game.

Check out how it works in the video below: